“Joy of Flowers” was created for an online quilt competition organised by Husqvarna India. To see my entry “Joy of Flowers” click on this link: My entry.
I must give credit to my beautiful son for coming up with the creative concept based on a photo taken by my husband in Floriade, Canberra. The photo was of a bed of tulips against the lovely clear blue sunny Australian Sky.
This would be my first true art quilt and and also first quilt that I actually completed all on my own, right up to the quilting. I have been observing art quilts for years and have read on it and also taken a class on how to create these. The most common method used to produce art quilts is by raw edged applique. However, for me that seemed incomplete and also at that time I was not too good with my Free Motion Quilting (FMQ) so would not have been able to successfully quilt over the raw edges, so I decided to use the traditional piecing method. Once I decided on my course of action I then set to work on the execution of this concept.
I started by doing a sketch of the design using a paper and colour pencils and worked out all the measurements and colours I was going to use. Later on when my quilt got accepted by the Australian Patchwork & Quilting (AP&Q), I created the whole design on EQ 7, by tracing the image and working on custom blocks. This was my first original design created on EQ 7.